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Dept. Head :Dr Mary Chacko P
Location:2nd and 3rd floor of C-2 block

About Us

The department of Physiology started functioning on 1963 under the efficient leadership of Dr. C. M. Francis. The first batch of MBBS students were admitted in 1963.The first MD Physiology student was Dr George in 1975 , followed by Dr Annamma Mathew , Dr Sarawathy K , Dr Remani George in the subsequent years . From the beginning it was headed by eminent and dedicated professors who are role models in our profession and whose footsteps we try to follow. The heads of department of Physiology who have fostered, enriched and sacrificed their valuable time and depth of knowledge and moulded the department into its present shape and whom we always remember with loving and fonded cherished memories are:

  1. Dr. C.M. Francis
  2. Dr. Susan Thomas
  3. Dr. Komalam
  4. Dr. LalithaBai
  5. Dr. C.P. Radhamoniamma
  6. Dr Saraswathy.K
  7. Dr Remani George
  8. Dr. Suma Devi V.S
  9. Dr. Alice George.
  10. Dr. Annamma Kurien

The third Annual conference of Association of Clinical Physiologists of Kerala, ACPK-CON 2023 is expected to be held on July 6th 2023 at Government Medical college Kottayam.

Teaching Staff

1Dr Mary Chacko PProfessor & HOD
2Dr. Evelyn ThomasAssociate Professor
3Dr. Saritha J ShenoyAssociate Professor
4Dr Mohan PaulAssistant Professor
5Dr. Anita. SAssistant Professor
6Dr. Simmy KurianAssistant Professor
7Dr Vidhya TAssistant Professor
8Dr Sophiamma JosephAssistant Professor
9Dr Arun C MohandasLecturer
10Dr. Arya SSenior Resident
11Dr. Rebecca. TonySenior Resident

Non-Teaching Staff

1Smt.Archana. R.SLab Technician
2Smt.Ajimol SJ.L.A
3Smt. Omana MathewF.T.S
4Smt.Salimkutty AP.T.S


The department has a clinical Physiology Laboratory, Amphibian Laboratory, Mammalian Laboratory, Research Laboratory & two demonstration rooms. A Lecture hall, which can accommodate more than two hundred students, a Library cum seminar and many staff rooms spread over 2nd and 3rd floor of C-2 block.

The department is equipped with instruments like student Physiograph, 16 Channel polygraph, Multi channelvitalograph, ComputerisedSpirometer, Mosso’sergograph, Jamar electronic hand grip dynamometer, Priestly smith &Listers perimeters, Benedict Roth’s BMR Apparatus, Multi channel E.C.G. Machine, Microscopes with in- built light sources, mammalian heart perfusion Assembly, Water- Still, Electric Kymographs, bicycleergograph, overhead projectors, Computers, LCD projectors etc

Courses Run by Department

Name of CourseAnnual Intake
P.G. Courses
(M.D. Physiology)
Undergraduate Courses
The department also caters to the needs of the following courses.
BSc. Nursing80
BSc. Perfusion Technology
BSc. Dialysis Technology

The department is conducting Theory classes and Practical Classes for the above mentioned courses. We periodically evaluate and assess the student’s knowledge by conducting examinations (theory, practicals and Viva- voce) . Discussions , seminars, vertical integration & horizontal integration classes are conducted. M.D. Physiology students are also involved in teaching theory & practicals. P.G. students are doing thesis work on current topics like Heart rate variability, Brain stem evoked response audiometry, Nerve conduction study, Autonomic function test, Dynamic lung function test etc. MD Physiology students are given postings in both clinical and non-clinical departments.
The faculty is actively involved in organizing Symposium, Seminars & Journal Clubs & Discussion classes for the P.G. students and also supervise their Thesis work. For the MBBS students there is Tutorial system which is beneficial to the students & teachers to understand the problems- both academic and personal. The department is organizing an annual CME program. We had conducted Dr. Gopakumar Memorial all Kerala Gold Medal Examination in Physiology for M.B.B.S students of all the medical colleges.
Dr. Gopakumar who was an enthusiastic and eminent teacher, who would have been an asset in medical college service, was snatched away by the Perumon train accident in 1988, while working as Assistant Professor in our department.
Quiz Competition for the post graduate students in Physiology had been conducted annually in memory of late Dr. AkhilaBai who was dear to all of us. She graduated MBBS from our college and was a very hard working, sincere & dedicated post graduate student (M.D. Physiology). She was very keen in maintaining good interpersonal relationship. She was loved by all of us. She passed away in 2003 May due to complications of Scleroderma.


  • The former heads of our Department Dr. Suma Devi presented many papers on various topics in Physiology in many CMEs at various Medical Colleges organized by Physiology as well as other departments. (*Bilirubin metabolism – AMBITCON at Kottayam; *Anticlotting mechanism – APPI at Trivandrum Medical College-2006, *Ligand Receptors – Respiratory Medicine Department and Physiology Department, Govt. Medical College, Thrissur, *Physiology of Pain- ENT Department, Kottayam, *Physiology of Learning & Memory disease- Department of Bio- Chemistry, Calicut Medical College, * Physiological basis of Lung function test – Respiratory Medicine & Pediatrics, Govt. Medical College, Kottayam, Renal handling of Electrolytes- Department of Physiology, Medical College, Trivandrum).
  • Dr Alice George presented paper on Thymus in the CME T- TIME conducted at Calicut Medical College during 2007.
  • Dr. Mary Chacko has presented papers on Gastrointestinal motility in CME ENTEROKINESIS conducted at Government Medical College, Kottayam in2008. Topics on Symposium, Seminar & Panel discussion for PG orientation during 2007.
  • Dr. Pradeep C. Thomas has presented a paper on the Neuro Anatomical correlation of cerebellar Physiology in a CME by Anatomy Department of SME, M.G. University and Physiology of Sleep in a CME by Physiology Dept. Govt. Medical College, Thrissur.
  • Dr. Gino Abraham has presented a paper on High Altitude Physiology and illness (CME 2006 at Pushpagiri Medical College) and study of Lipid Profile in males and females of different age groups (CME- 2007, Physiology Department, Medical College at Kottayam).
  • Dr. Saritha T. Shenoy has presented the paper on Effects of Atmospheric Pollution on Traffic Policemen in state level conference (RESPICON 2006) and was awarded 2nd prize.
  • Dr. Rabecca Tony secured 3rd highest mark in KUHS MD Physiology examination April-May 2022


  1. Thomas E, Sasi S, Madhavikutty GD. Prevalence of stress among first year medical studentsand its effect on heart rate variability. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2021;11(02):178-182.
  2. Thomas E, Geethadevi M. Prevalence and determinants of overweight and obesity among medical students. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2020;10(01):42-48.
  3. Evelyn Thomas. “A Study on Alteration of Serum Lipid Profile in Gestational Proteinuric Hypertension”. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2015; Vol. 4, Issue 68, August 24; Page: 11797-11803
  4. Evelyn Thomas. “Comparison of Problem Based Learning with Traditional Lectures among First Year Medical Students in Physiology.” Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2015; Vol. 4, Issue 93, November 19; Page: 15827-15830
  5. Thomas J, Shenoy SJ, Madhavikutty G. The proportion of obstructive sleep apnoea in coronary artery disease patients using Berlin questionnaire and STOP – BANG questionnaire. J Evolution Med Dent Sci 2022;11(01):78-82, DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2022/15
  6. RalteLalhruaia,Rose Davy C, Mohan Paul, KoushikiMani.Effect of stress on heart ratevariability during examination among MBBS students.International Journal of science andresearchVol 10, issue 12, Dec 2021 pg1030-1035
  7. Shenoy SJ, Kuriakose C. Effects of E-learning as a teaching learningmethod in medical education. J. Evolution Med. Dent. Sci.2016;5(99):7272-7275, DOI:10.14260/jemds/2016/1645
  8. Shenoy SJ, Sarasamma SV. A study of pulmonary function tests in trafficpolicemen in Kottayam district and normal healthy adults. J. Evid. BasedMed. Healthc. 2017; 4(8), 405-409. DOI: 10.18410/jebmh/2017/78
  9. Kuruvila N, Shenoy SJ, Venugopal KP, et al. Validity of FEV6, FEV1/FEV6ratio over FEV1% in the diagnosis of COPD. J. Evolution Med. Dent. Sci.2019;8(25):1988-1992, DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2019/437
  10. Shenoy SJ, Kuruvilla N, Venugopal KP, et al. Can FEF 25-75% be used as avalid alternative to FEV 1% in COPD diagnosis? J. Evid. Based Med.Healthc. 2018; 5(26), 1964-1969. DOI: 10.18410/jebmh/2018/408

CMEs/ Conferences

We are organizing CME programmes every year (ION CHANNELS IN HEALTH AND DISEASES IN 2005, ALGESIA IN 2006 , VASOTONE IN 2007,ENTEROKINESIS IN 2008, STRESS IN 2009, NEPHRON IN 2010), DIABETES IN 2012

The third Annual conference of Association of Clinical Physiologists of Kerala, ACPK-CON 2023 will be held on July 6th 2023 in our department

Ongoing Research

  1. Cardiovascular autonomic function of young adults with parental history of diabetes mellitus
  2. Pulmonary function in post covid patients
  3. Heart rate variability and anthropometric measurements among first MBBS students
  4. Autonomic function in premenopausal and perimenopausal women


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